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ROMAIN GROSJEAN IN CHINA: “WE HAVE A CAR CAPABLE OF PODIUMS, MAYBE MORE”

Thursday, April 12, 2012 - 10:15
Group Lotus took tea in China with the black-and-gold shirted Frenchman.
Romain Grosjean portraitYou’ve had two great qualifying performances in Australia and Malaysia, but in the race it hasn’t gone right for you. How can you put that right?

I made a mistake in Malaysia, but it’s difficult in the wet. The visibility was very poor. I don’t think there’s a problem, I’m just still learning. We need to get everything right throughout the weekend. The good thing is the pace is there, the qualifying performance is there, and the start was pretty good in Malaysia too.

Is it tough to start the season with two DNFs?

Sometimes you have tough races. That’s the nature of this business, it doesn’t always came together. I hope that it will turn out good this weekend. I have to learn from my mistakes in the first two events and not make them again.

If it does all come together, as you say, could you be in a position to fight for victory?

Well we’ll see. Every team has been working very hard, we’ve been working extremely hard, and I’m very proud of the job Lotus has done in between the races to develop new parts. I hope it can bring us even closer to the top. For sure, we have a car capable of podiums and maybe even more if everything goes right.

How big a step forward has the team made?

Hopefully more than a few hundredths! I think it’s a big step, maybe a couple of tenths. The car looks quite different visually.

What are the changes?

The rear end plate is a bit different, as is the front wing, and some smaller differences you can’t see straight away.

How should the E20 suit the Shanghai track specifically?

Hopefully pretty good. It’s a fast track with sweeping corners, but also some slow ones and complex ones too. In Melbourne and Sepang it worked well, and they are two very different circuits. Hopefully we’ll get some good time in free practice to work on different set-ups.